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Court won’t delay Berlusconi’s trial

MILAN — A Milan court on Monday rejected a bid by Silvio Berlusconi, the former premier, to halt his sex-for-hire trial until after Italy’s general election campaign, a ruling that makes a verdict likely before the February vote.

Berlusconi’s lawyer accused the court of ‘‘interfering heavily’’ in the political campaign by refusing to suspend the trial so Berlusconi can dedicate himself to campaigning for his center-right coalition.

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